Last week I read that F/G was running a turkey count in the state, starting Jan. 1. Cool, I thought. Lord knows we have enough turkeys around here for anyone to appreciate. So I went to the website and looked the survey stuff over. While I was there I started wondering why F/G wanted a survey of turkeys, since anyone with a window and four square feet of yard has probably seen dozens of them.
Then I got it. They want all of us to tell them how many dozens of turkeys we are seeing, when and where. F/G is in the business of managing wildlife, and making money for the state and controlling populations of deer, bear, moose and turkeys. They are the ones, after all, who gave us all these turkeys in the first place, ten or so years ago, and the success has been phenomenal. And when they discover that oh golly we have Too Many Turkeys let's cull the herd, it will probably be open season on them for most of the year.
I'm keeping my forty turkeys to myself. Yessir. They want to count them, they have to go through me first.